Shaping the Way We Teach English: Introduction


Uploaded by UOregon on 15.01.2009

Transcript:
WELCOME TO THE TEACHER-TRAINING SERIES...
THESE INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS ARE DESIGNED
FOR ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATORS
WHO SHARE THE FOLLOWING TWO GOALS:
ONE: BUILDING AN ACADEMIC OR PEDAGOGICAL FOUNDATION,
AND TWO: IMPROVING CLASSROOM PRACTICES.
IF YOU HAVE THESE SAME GOALS,
THEN THESE MATERIALS ARE FOR YOU.
SHAPING THE WAY WE TEACH ENGLISH
CONTAINS 14 INDIVIDUAL MODULES.
THE MODULES ARE GROUPED
IN THE FOLLOWING FOUR CATEGORIES AND SUB-TOPICS:
CATEGORY "A," WITH A FOCUS ON APPROACHES
TO LANGUAGE TEACHING, FOUNDATIONS,
IS MADE UP OF MODULE ONE ON CONTEXTUALIZING LANGUAGE,
MODULE TWO ON BUILDING LANGUAGE AWARENESS,
MODULE THREE ON INTEGRATING SKILLS,
MODULE FOUR ON PAIR AND GROUP WORK,
AND MODULE FIVE ON LEARNER FEEDBACK
WITH A FOCUS ON FORMATIVE EVALUATION.
CATEGORY "B,"
WITH A FOCUS ON APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE TEACHING,
EXTENSIONS, IS MADE UP OF MODULE SIX
ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR LARGE CLASSES,
MODULE SEVEN ON LEARNING STRATEGIES,
MODULE EIGHT ON USING
AND ADAPTING AUTHENTIC MATERIALS,
MODULE NINE ON CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING,
AND MODULE TEN ON ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT,
WITH A FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT.
CATEGORY "C," WITH A FOCUS ON THE LEARNER,
IS MADE UP OF MODULE 11
ON INDIVIDUAL LEARNER DIFFERENCES
AND MODULE 12 ON YOUNGER LEARNERS
WITH AN EMPHASIS ON AGES 5 TO 10.
AND CATEGORY "D," WITH A FOCUS
ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS,
IS MADE UP OF MODULE 13 ON PEER OBSERVATION
WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FORMATIVE EVALUATION PRACTICES
AND MODULE 14 ON REFLECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES.
AT THE HEART OF EACH MODULE
IS A 10- TO 14-MINUTE VIDEO SEGMENT
WITH EXAMPLES FROM CLASSROOMS
AND EDUCATORS AROUND THE WORLD.
EACH MODULE ALSO HAS CORRESPONDING READINGS
AND SUPPORT MATERIALS IN THE MANUAL.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO THROUGH
THE PRE-VIEWING ACTIVITIES
AND THE SUPPORTING RESOURCES IN THE MANUAL
BEFORE YOU VIEW THE VIDEO.
WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO STOP THE VIDEO AT ANY POINT
TO VIEW IT AGAIN OR DISCUSS WHAT YOU SEE.
THIS WILL HELP YOU INTERACT MORE FULLY
WITH THE VIDEO MATERIALS
AND COME AWAY WITH A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
OF EACH CONTENT AREA.
...IN THE MORNING?
IN THE VIDEO, YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO OBSERVE OTHER TEACHERS' PRACTICES.
SOME OF THESE EXAMPLES ARE FROM PRIMARY-LEVEL CLASSES,
WHILE OTHERS ARE FROM SECONDARY-LEVEL
AND POST-SECONDARY-LEVEL CLASSES.
A VARIETY OF TEACHING STYLES AND CULTURES
ARE REFLECTED IN THESE EXAMPLES.
MANY FACTORS CAN HAVE AN EFFECT
ON THE RESULTS THAT YOU OBTAIN
FROM USING THE VIDEO AND MANUAL RESOURCES.
SOME OF THESE INCLUDE:
YOUR OWN PERSONAL REASONS AND MOTIVATION
FOR USING THESE MATERIALS,
HOW CLOSELY THE MATERIALS FIT WITH CURRENT PRACTICES
AND CURRICULUM IN YOUR EDUCATIONAL SETTING,
AND THE DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY AND CREATIVITY
THAT YOU BRING TO THE TASK OF MAKING INNOVATIONS
AND CHANGES IN YOUR CLASSROOM PRACTICES.
IN OTHER WORDS,
YOUR WILLINGNESS TO EXPERIMENT WITH
AND SERIOUSLY TRY TO USE DIFFERENT IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES
IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
AS YOU OBSERVE OTHER TEACHERS IN ACTION
AND LISTEN TO THEIR REFLECTIONS ON TEACHING,
THINK AS FLEXIBLY AS POSSIBLE.
LOOK FOR ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS:
WHAT NEW IDEAS DOES THIS EXAMPLE OFFER ME?
HOW MIGHT I ADAPT THIS EXAMPLE
TO MY STUDENTS' LANGUAGE AND AGE LEVEL,
MY CURRICULUM AND MY INSTITUTIONAL SETTING,
MY TEACHING STYLE, AND MY CULTURE?
PLEASE THINK OF YOUR INTERACTION
WITH THESE MATERIALS AS A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
AND, TO CREATIVELY SHAPE THE WAY YOU TEACH ENGLISH
AS YOU EXPERIMENT WITH WAYS YOU CAN ADAPT SUGGESTIONS
OR TECHNIQUES FROM THE VIDEO
TO YOUR OWN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS.